Fed. Circ. Chief Calls For Caution On Patent Troll Bills

Law360, New York (November 4, 2013, 8:35 PM EST) -- The chief judge of the Federal Circuit on Friday urged Congress to refrain from passing legislation aimed at cracking down specifically on so-called patent trolls, saying district court judges are able to curb abusive patent litigation on their own.

In a speech at the Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference in Plano, Texas, Chief Judge Randall Rader decried "litigation blackmail" where the patent owner tries to extort a settlement from accused infringers that is less than the cost of a defense.

However, he said the...
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